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81-year-old mother beaten with bat dies; son charged with murder

MARK BELL • Oct 22, 2009 at 12:00 AM

An 81-year-old mother died one week after she was admitted to a local hospital with severe injuries allegedly inflicted by her son.

Loraine VanBlarcom of Independence Way died Wednesday morning at Middle Tennessee Medical Center, according to police spokesman Kyle Evans. She was admitted to the hospital Oct. 14, suffering from a severe beating allegedly inflicted by her son, Roger VanBlarcom, 45, using a baseball bat.

“The charge against Roger VanBlarcom has now been upgraded to first-degree murder,” Evans said. “Detective Doug Arrington took that (warrant) out this morning.”

Read the full report at the Tennessean's Web site.

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